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International Wine Dinner at NC Arboretum

News Release: Monday, February 20th, 2017

About: Wine Dinner at The North Carolina Arboretum with MetroWines
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for an International Wine Pairing Dinner at The North Carolina Arboretum on Sunday, March 19th. The afternoon includes a Champagne Reception from 3:30 to 4pm and dinner from 4 to 6pm. 
The menu features 6 internationally inspired courses representing Oregon, Spain, Italy, Argentina and France created and prepared by the Savory Thyme Cafe. Each course will be paired with a wine from that country. The afternoon concludes with Fair Trade Coffee and dessert.
$50 plus tax and gratuity includes the dinner and wine as well as admission to The North Carolina Arboretum. Stay tuned to MetroWines Wine Blog ( for the menu and wine pairings. 
For reservations, call (828) 665-2492, ext 232. The North Carolina Arboretum is located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way in Asheville.
About The Arboretum: 
     For 30 years…Cultivating Connections between People and Plants…amid a 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Surrounded and crisscrossed by forested coves and meandering creeks in the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

     The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina by the State General Assembly in 1986, nearly a century after Frederick law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, first envisioned a research arboretum as part of his legacy and plan for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate. More about The Arboretum here:

  Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Champagne Greeting 


Food and wine Tasting


 U.S.A.-Pacific Northwest

House-smoked Salmon Rillettes

Chunky smoked salmon spread with dill  

Served with toasted brown bread

Lange Pinot Gris '14, Willamette Valley, Oregon 



 Braised Pork and Clams

Pork and fresh clams braised in an aromatic broth 

Luis Canas Rioja Blanco '14, Rioja, Spain



 Spinach, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Ravioli

 With sun-dried tomato pesto cream sauce

L'Armangia Barbera D'Asti '15, Piedmont, Italy 



Argentine-style Chicken 

On skewers with Chimichurri 

Qaramy Alto Malbec '13, Uco Valley, Argentina 



Blue Cheese Terrine

With Sun-Dried Fruit

 French cave aged blue cheese, mascarpone, sun-dried apricots, currants,

cranberries, black figs, raisins, pistachios and toasted pecans

Served with assorted crackers

Grand Planal Corbiers '14, Rhone Valley, France  


  A Collection of Chocolate Desserts

Fresh Brewed Fair Trade Coffee

 Premium Hot Tea

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Open Letter to Hilary Swank


First, let me say that we loved you in "Million Dollar Baby" all night long! Now, to the matter at hand....

According to an interview in The Download in New York Times Magazine, you said that you use an app to "learn more about the wine I am drinking." A little research indicates you are learning through tasting too!

Sounds like you are working the wineries on the west coast and points beyond. You recently presented Ellen De Generes with a bottle from your favorite winery with her name on it. Nice. And this past September, we hear that you and your brother Dan wined, dined and even truffle-hunted as the guests of proprietor Ernesto Abbona at Piedmont’s Marchesi di Barolo winery in Barolo. We met with Valentina Abbona of Marchesi di Barola just two weeks ago here @MetroWines. Now that you have taken the tour on location, we can save you a trip to re-stock. We have Marchesi di Barolo on our shelves!

Scrap the app! We can do more and do it better. We @MetroWines have been featured in Lettie Teague's column in The Wall Street Journal and between us we write for The Laurel of Asheville, Sophie and Capital at Play. We @MetroWines are The Asheville School of Wine and home to the first of its kind Blind Tasting League! We offer wine classes, co-host wine pairing dinners and taste dozens of wines every month. And, if you give us a little guidance on what you like, we can set you up but good!

All this is to say that we can help you learn about wine and to shop. Hilary, call us anytime for help at 828-575-9525 or to place an order. We ship right to your door.

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Asheville School of Wine Class: France

Friday, February 17th, 2017

About: French Wine Class
Please join Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines for a one hour class about French Wine on Thursday, March 9th from 6 to 7pm. Participants will taste their way through Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and other well known wine making regions in France. You will also learn how to read the label on a bottle of French wine.
The class is $20. Shop "France" and other classes here: or call MetroWines at 828-575-9525.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Podere Ciona Chianti Classico Reserva 2011

Imported by Small Vineyards, Seattle!

Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva

The most important wine for the estate, our Chianti Classico Riserva is meticulously crafted from the best Sangiovese grapes coming from our vineyards. Fermented and aged in French oak, then refined in the bottle for at least a year.

Rich and elegant, it has a deep, garnet red color with swaths of mineral cherry fruit, layered with tobacco and dried herbs all underlined by a firm grip of refined tannins. It pairs well with pastas with red sauces, roasted and grilled meats, game, aged cheeses.

We recommend waiting at least 5 to 6 years from vintage for consumption; can be cellared for 10 - 12 years.

Harvest period: Sangiovese, from Oct 1st to Oct 15th; Merlot, from Sep 20th to Sep 30th; Alicante Bouschet, from Sep 25th to Oct 10th.

Harvest method: Manual in small baskets, immediately brought to the cellar for de-stemming. Manual berry-byberry selection (triage) before slight crush and filling of temperature-controlled fermentation tanks (30 HL French oak vats).


Colour:Deep ruby red.
Aroma:Elegant fragrance of red fruits and spices.
Palate:Well-balanced, velvety, excellent structure, prolonged concentrated finish.
Serving:Serving Temperature of 18-20 °C (65-68 °F). Uncork at least one hour before drinking, preferably two.

Food Pairings

Pastas with red sauces, roast & grilled meats/game, cheeses, traditional Tuscan cooking.

The Podere Ciona estate and vineyards are located in Chianti Classico, the original and oldest part of Tuscany’s Chianti wine-growing region, symbolized by the Gallo Nero, or Black Rooster, a figure prominently featured on the authentication labels of locally produced wines.

Our estate lies on a south-facing hill between 1,600 and 2,050 feet (or approximately 490 and 625 meters) above sea level, and the vineyards extend over an area of about 12 acres (or 5 hectares), oriented to the south-southwest. The soil is a mixture of quartz arenite (sandstone), clay schist and marl – ideal for high-quality winemaking – and the varietals planted are SangioveseMerlotAlicante Bouschet and a little Cabernet Franc.

We keep our yields very low – on average one bottle per vine – in order to produce superior wine. Harvesting is done exclusively by hand and we carry a grape-by-grape selection out at harvest; alcoholic fermentation takes place both in stainless steel and French oak vats (according to the grape selection), while ageing is primarily done in French oak barriques and tonneaux (made from a mix of Allier, Nievre, Tronçais and Vosges oak).

Podere Ciona is currently producing a Chianti Classico DOCG (Denominazione di Orgine Controllata e Garantita) Riserva, as well as our flagship wine, Le Diacce – a Merlot-based IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) – and two young IGTs, Montegrossoli and Semifonte, respectively based on Sangiovese and Merlot grapes. In most vintages, there is also a small production of Rosé wine.

The vineyards and cellar are managed by Franco Gatteschi and his son Lorenzo, the wine maker. They are assisted by Dott. Stefano Chioccioli, an œnologist of international fame, and his assistant agronomist, Dott. Marco Pierucci.

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Gavalas Assyrtiko, Santorini, Greece

        Delicate fruity aromas of pear, pineapple and citrus. A full-bodied wine with balanced acidity and long finish. 
        One of the finest noble white grapes of Europe, its origins come from the island of Santorini, where it has its greatest expression of character, due in large part to the influence of the island’s volcanic soil. It is naturally resistant to most diseases and another reason why it has become a popular grape, re-planted throughout Greece. Assyrtiko makes up 70% of the vineyards of Santorini. It has the unusual quality of maintaining high levels of alcohol and acidity at the same time, making it one of the few white grapes of the Mediterranean that also possess long aging potential. Assyrtiko produces dry, full-bodied white wines with citrus aromas combined with a pleasing mineral character derived from the volcanic soil it is grown in. 
        The Gavalas family’s history, part of the rich tradition of winemaking in Santorini, is carried on today by George Gavalas utilizing many of the same practices as his distant forefathers. But even though many customs of the past still remain, George has brought a modern approach to the family business in order to help realize the enormous potential of the indigenous varieties from this unique volcanic island.

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